The last will and testament provide instructions for how a deceased person’s assets should be distributed upon their death. This includes naming the beneficiaries—who are the people that will inherit the property upon your loved one’s passing.
If you learn that a loved one’s will has been changed and property or assets that had been promised to you are being directed elsewhere, it may be necessary to contest the will. You may have reason to believe that your loved one was not competent to sign a late in life will or that he or she was improperly influenced, and these could be valid grounds to challenge or contest a will. If you’d like to contest your loved one’s will, that means you’d like to challenge its terms in court with the help of an attorney.
Knowing when to contest your loved one’s will can be a challenge. Keep reading to learn.
The Best Time to Contest the Will
Note that you will not be able to contest your loved one’s will before their death. Even if you have a good reason to challenge the will, you will have to wait until your loved one passes before you can have your attorney file the document as part of the probate process.
The best time to contest your loved one’s will is most frequently right after their passing. It may be difficult for you to go through this legal process while you are grieving the loss of your family member, but it’s important to seek the help of an attorney right away.
The stages of contesting a will can be lengthy, so you’ll want to pack your patience once the process begins.
We’re Here to Help
If you need to contest your family member’s will, our team here at Obenshain Law Group can help. We have helped many other people just like you contest their loved ones’ wills, and we may be able to help you, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your questions right away.
If you need to contest or challenge a loved one’s will, our lawyers at Obenshain Law Group may be able to help you seek the justice you deserve. Give us a call at (540) 318-7360 or fill out an online contact form.